July 2020

Automate Your Hiring Process with Form Workflow Plus

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Businesses were among those hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to adapt, entrepreneurs and companies needed to move processes into the cloud to continue operations. The hiring process has become extra challenging given the economic hurdles plus strict compliance to social and physical distancing. Potential hires have limited mobility due to government lockdowns or community quarantines. However, positions still need to be filled while maintaining the quality of the vetting process.

It’s a good thing workflow applications exist to help HR personnel automate the hiring process while keeping in line with health and safety protocols. Consider Tracy, who is the Hiring Manager for an advertising agency. She was tasked to design a workflow using G Suite apps where the vetting team members worked remotely. When she found Form Workflow Plus on the G Suite Marketplace, Tracy knew she had the perfect app.

Tracy really loved the following features of Form Workflow Plus:

Collect applicant information via Google Form

It’s easy to create a Google Form so interested candidates can submit their applications. There are several ways to share the form link and it can even be embedded in a website.

The form can be linked to a Google Sheet where responses are collected. This allowed Tracy to quickly organize applicant information and more importantly, run Form Workflow Plus as an add-on.

Form Workflow Plus is easy to set up

All Tracy needed to do was specify the reviewer email addresses, add approval steps, then activate the workflow. The add-on took care of forwarding the applicant details to the reviewers as the responses poured in.

Approval notifications sent via email proved convenient for Tracy’s team, who were working remotely. On top of this, they had access to a web application where they could work on all pending requests.

If you haven’t started yet, Form Workflow Plus comes with a free 14-day trial. Sign up here.

Feature-packed to accommodate complex use cases

Form Workflow Plus accommodates unlimited workflows, approval steps, and conditional approvals. In Tracy’s case, the HR Director needed to review applicant requests bearing at least a decade of experience. With a few extra clicks, set up was easy using conditional approval.

In one instance, applicants with MBAs needed only to undergo a 2-step vetting process while the rest had to follow a 5-step approval workflow. Form Workflow Plus is flexible enough to allow processes to stop at specific steps.

Besides approving or declining an applicant, Tracy can activate options such as On Hold, Definitely Approve (for when a candidate is extra special and can skip the rest of the steps), and Send Back to Requester.

Curated Help Center and responsive Support Team

Form Workflow Plus comes with a comprehensive Help Center available here. Tracy was able to find how-to guides and tips for specific use cases. For anything not covered by Help Center articles, further assistance is just an email away via support@wizy.io.

Book a demo via this link:

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Multi Language Support in Form Workflow Plus

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Form Workflow Plus is a versatile Google Sheets add-on for automating approval processes and validation workflows. Because of its useful features such as multi-level reviewers, conditional approvals, customizable email templates, the add-on has become a popular choice among schools, financial institutions, and even government agencies.

¡Hola! Bonjour! Need your workflow notifications in a different language? Form Workflow Plus has got you covered. True to the spirit of bringing in features that cater to our wide subscriber base, we’ve added multi-language support! With English as default, the add-on also caters to:

  • French
  • Spanish
  • German 
  • Arabic
  • Japanese

If you haven’t already started, Form Workflow Plus offers a 14-day free trial. Sign up here!

It’s super easy to setup a workflow. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Create your Google Form and link it to a Google Sheet
  2. Run the Form Workflow Plus add-on and setup your reviewers and approval steps
  3. Activate the workflow and you’re all set!

With the multi-language support, your team can really feel at home. Some ideas are best expressed in one’s language. We’ve made that possible at Form Workflow Plus.

You can learn more about setting up your preferred language on both the add-on and web app here:

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The “Gmail 69585 bounce” and what can I do about it?

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What is it?

The name derives from the Google Support link at the bottom of the error message:

Also known as “the 69585 bounce,” users who send bulk mail may receive an automated response from Gmail. One user even reported getting the error after sending emails to his family. This proves all the more confusing as the 69585 link redirects to a Support Page that doesn’t offer much explanation.

Reading through online fora regarding the “69585 bounce,” it appears to boil down to filtering out suspicious emails. Emails are subject to security checks by Google’s mailing system. Google engineers have been hard at work in proactively screening for emails that may be malicious in nature, spammy, or conduits for phishing scams. Once an email sets off these triggers, Google would stop the email from its track and the sender would end up with the above message.

How do I resolve 69585 Gmail bounces?

Here are some pointers to consider and recommended solutions:

  1. Gmail is not intended for bulk/mass mail campaigns. Sending out a significant number of similar mails in a short span of time can be easily tagged as suspicious behavior. There are Gmail add-ons that work around this by sending emails across several days. Also, consider using apps and solutions specifically designed for bulk/mass emailing.
  2. Check your emails (both body and signature) for spammy contents. Although unintentional, your email may include phrases historically used by known spammers. As a general rule, avoid the following:
    • lots of exclamation marks
    • “Must read”
    • attention getting
    • large and/or gaudy colored text
    • text the same color as the background
    • tiny text
    • (almost) zero height images
    • links hidden under text
    • images or links with a different URL
  3. Recipients can easily mark your email as “Not Safe” or spam to avoid seeing your messages. Include clear instructions for recipients to mark your emails as Safe. This avoids being blacklisted and ending up with bounced messages.
  4. Google’s algorithms can be quite strict for new accounts. In fact, account tenure is a factor for email sending limits. Generally, G Suite accounts with at least 6 bill cycles with Google are considered tenured/seasoned and can enjoy sending up to 1,500 daily emails.
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